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Date:  08 October 2014 - 19 October 2014

Impressive Norwegian Line-Up at the London Film Festival

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Five Norwegian films are to be screened at the prestigious BFI London Film Festival this month. Here are the films you want to look out for!

The British Film Institute launched its full programme for the London Film Festival last week, and we are counting down the days. Five Norwegian films made the cut, including three films in the Laugh category and one film in the Dare category. If that wasn't enough, The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum and featuring stars such as Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, opens the whole shebang.

The Imitation Game
We are proud to announce that the Norwegian director Morten Tyldum is the man behind London Film Festival’s opening film, The Imitation Game. The film, which also has it European premiere at LFF, is a British-American historical drama about Alan Turning (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), the key figure in cracking Nazi Germany’s Enigma code that helped the Allies win World War II. Tyldum returns to LFF after the success of Headhunters in 2011, and we are very excited to watch his new, nail-biting drama.


Blind

Blind is an inventive, challenging and powerful film, directed by the renowned screenwriter-turned-director Eskil Vogt. The film is his debut as full-length film director, and shows how Ingrid, who loses her sight as an adult, increasingly confines to her apartment where she can feel in control. However, her real problems lie within, and her hidden anxieties and repressed fantasies soon take over. The story merges with a story about a guy with a penchant for porn sites, and a second story showing a Swedish single mum who, after a break-up, is left penniless in Oslo. With a great storyline and vivid acting performances, we are sure that the film will be an arresting experience.

Photo: Norsk Film Distribusjon

Yes we love
This film, directed by Oscar nominee Hallvar Witzø, shows four generations, each with a unique crisis, set in four different parts of Norway on the national day. The film only lasts for 14 minutes, but it doesn't need longer to have us laugh and cry at the very same time.


Chasing Berlusconi

Starring some of Norway’s funniest comedians, Chasing Berlusconi is sure to give us a laughing-out-loud experience. Bjarte Lem is a has-been, whose glory days as a champion harness racer seem long passed. With mounting debts, a voracious wife and an expanding waistline adding to his stress, he needs a lucky break. So, when his slightly crazy boss Malte announces that he’s just bought Berlusconi, one of the top European harness racehorses, Bjarte hatches a scheme. We can't wait to watch the film directed by Ole Endresen, who has been an integral part of Norwegian television comedy for many years.

Photo: BFI

1001 grams
Considering that Bent Hamer’s new film, 1001 grams, is Norway’s Oscar candidate for best foreign language film, this is bound to be a great cinematic experience. Marie, played by Ane Dahl Torp, is obsessed with the idea of how much a kilogram really weighs – but ultimately it is Marie’s own measures of disappointment, sorrow and love that appears on the scale.


The BFI London Film Festival takes place from the 8-19 October 2014. Find out how to get tickets here.


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